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The World's Watching Soccer, But Basketball Is On The Barbershop's Brain

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:59am

The most popular global sporting event, the World Cup, kicked off this week in Brazil. But the Barbershop guys are fired up about games closer to home: the NBA finals.

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Remembering Ruby Dee: 'Think Of Me And Feel Encouraged'

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:59am

In remembrance of the life of actress and activist Ruby Dee, Tell Me More presents an encore broadcast of Michel Martin's 2007 interview with the legendary actress and activist.

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Stories Of President George H.W. Bush, From 41 Closest Friends

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:58am

President George H.W. Bush turned 90 this week. A new CNN documentary 41 On 41 speaks to 41 of his closest family and colleagues. Michel Martin learns more from Executive Producer Mary Kate Cary.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' And Noble Flops

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 7:48am

On this week's show, we break down the non-smash-hit (but really good movie) Edge Of Tomorrow, then take a reader suggestion to talk about noble flops we have known and sometimes loved.

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Good News, Glamour-Likers: More 'Miss Fisher' To Come

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 6:54am

The delightful series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is getting a third season, thank goodness.

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Book News: A Q&A With IMPAC Award Winner Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 6:48am

Also: Alix Ohlin writes about the Swedish author Tove Jansson; Charles Wright speaks with NPR's Melissa Block.

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Woodward And Bernstein Recall Their Watergate Scoops, And Mistakes

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:15am

It's been 40 years since Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein released All The President's Men, their account of connecting a bungled burglary to the president of the United States.

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40 Years On, Woodward And Bernstein Recall Reporting On Watergate

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:15am

The now-legendary reporters revisit the famous D.C. complex as they remember writing All The President's Men, their detective story-style account of uncovering Richard Nixon's scandalous conspiracy.

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'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Is More Growly and Snarly (And Wise) Than Ever

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 2:02am

How To Train Your Dragon 2 — one of the most anticipated family movies of the summer — opens Friday. Elizabeth Blair says the animation is more detailed, the stakes higher and the lessons amplified.

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Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 6:37pm

Born Ruby Ann Wallace, she grew up writing poetry in Harlem and went on to become a playwright, activist, journalist and one of the most prominent actresses of her time. She died Wednesday at 91.

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New Poet Laureate: 'The Meaning Has Always Stayed The Same'

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:29pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, who will serve as the next poet laureate, tells NPR's Melissa Block that his inspirations — landscape, language and God — have stayed constant for 50 years.

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The Sons Of The Father, Trapped In Grief

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:03pm

In the drama Hellion, former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul plays a man who tries to hold things together for his sons after the death of their mother.

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In 'Manuscripts,' A Barred Filmmaker Considers Dissident Art

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:03pm

Iranian writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof, currently barred from filmmaking, follows two thugs in the political thriller Manuscripts Don't Burn.

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'Burning Bush' Finds The Fuel For A Desperate Act

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:03pm

In the historical drama Burning Bush, oppression becomes the engine driving revolt — including a student's shocking decision to set himself on fire.

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Former BP CEO: 'Glass Closet' Still Holds Many Gay Workers Back

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 3:38pm

There's a presumption in the business world that everyone's straight, says John Browne, who hid his homosexuality for years. In his new book, he says it's time for a change in corporate culture.

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Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:59pm

Hillary Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, outlines her four years as secretary of state under President Obama. She talks about her vote for the Iraq War, women's rights and political "gamers."

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In A Sunny Britain, Would We Read Classics Like 'David Coppertone'?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:38pm

Much great literature is informed by British gloom, from the Hound of the Baskervilles stalking the moor to Macbeth plotting in his dark castle. We wondered how a brighter Blighty would change that.

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Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 1:11pm

Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.

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Actress Ruby Dee Dies At 91

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:15pm

The actress who starred with Sidney Poitier in the 1961 classic Raisin in the Sun and won a best supporting actress award for the 2007 film American Gangster, died Wednesday.

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P.S. I Love You

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:58am

The final round is a postscript to our show. In this game, we took that idea literally: all the answers are two-word names or phrases with the initials "P.S." Which gal "got married" in a 1986 film?

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